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Fast Five: Hatcham Social



How did you meet and what’s the story behind your and name?

Me (Toby the singer) and Finn (the Drummer) are brothers so, I guess when one of us started hitting the other one or stealing their Lego we noticed each other existed. I saw Riley across a room and our eyes met, I knew he was in. And David, he was someone Finn met at a record fair, arguing over the price of an original REM 7 inch record.

How would you describe your music?

I try to leave that up to people who do that as a job. I usually disagree with them though. We try to make something with a sense of heart and honesty and depth and with a sense of humour underneath it all. We don’t see ourselves as more retro than synth based music as that has been around longer than we have been around as well, so has dance music. Art Pop is about the only thing that seems to feel anything like a fit. But not really entirely happy with that.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

So far? Let me see…We have released two mini albums on Cassette-Tape called ‘Found In The Woods’ editions 1 and 2, some stand alone 7″ singles, a debut full length album with the title ‘You Dig The Tunnel I’ll Hide The Soil’. At the moment our most recent album is ‘About Girls’ and we have been pretty excited about showing to the world. It was recorded with us mainly playing it live and that ‘ s because we want ot be able to just go out and play this one anywhere. The whole ethos of the album came from the first line we found in a New York magazine: ‘Life is  sad, so lets dance’. We have been touring a bit and soon go back out in October on tour in the UK and Ireland supporting Tim Burgess. Riley (our Bass player) has been busy making an animated video for our new single ‘Lois Lane’, which hopefully people will see in a week or so.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

I would personally love to do a duet with Britney. She is pure filth.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Al Stewart Love Chronicles is first one that comes to mind. There are songs for every mood, the words are incredible and I just love that album. Or maybe Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole. Huge album. hmmm….I prob would not want something too sad, I would need to keep my mood up. But then again I need to have reflective moments…I could probably listen to Lou Reed’s Berlin for ever, or Cohen’s Songs From.